cookies and play dough

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Brrr, it’s suddenly turned very, very cold. After a leisurely morning at home we met up with Marji, Gray and Luke for a stroll and trip to the park. The boys loved swinging “to the moon” but unfortunately Rory had a little ‘wee wee’ accident and because it was so cold felt very uncomfortable. We rushed home as fast as I could with my big pregnant belly, but he was in a miserable mood by the time we got in. We had a lovely warm bath, cranked up the heating, massage and new comfy clothes before ringing Daddy, who always makes us feel better. After lunch Rory had a massive nap. In the afternoon we continued our catch up with Marji, Gray and Luke, but this time stayed safely inside. We holed up in One Girl Cookies where we all enjoyed warm milk and the boys played with play dough and cars. It was all genius as Marji and I finally got to catch up! This evening I have been making up some soothing ‘pads’ for postpartum, inspired by this post.

Postpartum Care Pads

Witch hazel is your best friend for the postpartum healing period. Witch hazel can be used on swollen body parts (birth gives your body quite the beating), varicose veins and makes a wonderful treatment for two obnoxious new mama problems – a sore perineum and hemorrhoids. These soothing pads do wonders for soreness and swelling after vaginal birth. Prepare 18-24 ahead of time.

Overnight/Jumbo maxi pads
1/4 cup Witch hazel
2-3 drops Lavender oil
1 Tbsp Pure Aloe Vera gel
Aluminum foil

Combine witch hazel, lavender essential oil, and aloe vera gel in a small bowl and mix till thoroughly combined. Transfer to a small spray bottle. Unfold each pad, and spray each pad with the healing mixture till the pad is damp, but not soaked. Wrap each pad in foil and store them in the freezer. Witch hazel and lavender are natural astringents, so they’ll help reduce swelling, and the aloe and the cold are very soothing.

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